Pet Health Articles

Bismuth Compounds

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Bismuth compounds are used to treat diarrhea. They may also be used to relieve the symptoms of an upset stomach and nausea.

 

How do I give this medication?medications

  • Give this medication to your pet as directed by your veterinarian. READ THE LABEL CAREFULLY.
  • If the medicine is a liquid, shake well before using and measure with reasonable care.
  • Try to give this medication at about the same time each day.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed and do not give more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.

 

What if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

 

How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Store this medicine in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places. The medicine may break down if exposed to heat or moisture.

 

What are the potential side effects?

"The color of your pet's stool may change to a gray-black or greenish-black color."

  • The color of your pet's stool may change to a gray-black or greenish-black color.
  • If the stool becomes "tarry" black, contact your veterinarian.
  • If using bismuth subsalicylate, use extreme caution in cats.
  • Notify your veterinarian if any symptoms are troublesome and continue.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

 

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian if you are giving your pet any other medication or supplements.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, and sometimes a drug interaction may be anticipated. If this occurs, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • The following drug can potentially interact with bismuth compounds: tetracycline.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.
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